November 2011

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 10, 1950 – Lou Boudreau

On November 10, 1950, Lou Boudreau (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1938) was fired by the Cleveland Indians amidst a large amount of public protest. Boudreau had compiled a .529 winning percentage as the Indians manager and led the team to the 1948 World Series championship. He went on to manage the Red Sox and Athletics.

Lou Boudreau hit .295 with 68 HR and 796 RBI in his 15 year career with the Indians and the Red Sox. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times. He won the 1944 AL batting title (.327), and led the league in doubles in 1941, 1944, and 1947. He led AL shortstops in fielding eight times. Boudreau still holds the record for hitting the most consecutive doubles in a game (four), set on July 14, 1946.

In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lou Boudreau was part of the 1938 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished 56-63 under manager Cap Crossley. Boudreau hit .290 with three HR that year for the CR club in 60 games.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 9, 2004 – Bob Brenly

On November 9, 2004, Bob Brenly (1977) was hired by the Chicago Cubs to broadcast their games on WGN replacing longtime fixture Steve Stone in the booth.

Bob Brenly (Cedar Rapids Hall of Fame class of 2011) is a former catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. The burly right-hander was signed by the San Francisco Giants as a third baseman out of Ohio University (where he tied Mike Schmidt’s single-season HR record), then switched to catcher in 1979, his fourth pro season. He played for the Cedar Rapids Giants in 1977, hitting .271 with 22 HR and 73 RBI in 136 games. Brenly won the Giants’ starting catching job in 1984, hitting .291 with 20 HR and 80 RBI. In game four of the 1987 NLCS he homered off the Cardinals’ Danny Cox.

Bob Brenly was selected to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks in October of 2000. He led the team to the World Series Championship in his 1st season at the helm in 2001 as the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees in 7 games in 2001. The Diamondbacks repeated as N.L. West Champs again in 2002 with a 98-64 record. Brenly finished his four year managing career with a 303-262 mark. He is currently the color commentator for Chicago Cubs baseball on WGN and Comcast SportsNet.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 7, 1997

On November 7, 1997, Larry Rothschild (Cedar Rapids Reds pitching coach / Reds pitching instructor) was named the first manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Rothschild had earned World Series rings with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 (bullpen coach) and the Florida Marlins in 1997 (pitching coach). The Devil Rays compiled a 205-294 record under Rothschild from 1998-2001.

Rothschild served as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach from 2002-2009 before joining the New York Yankees as their pitching coach in 2010.

Rothschild was the pitching instructor for A and AA teams for the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and 1987 before becoming the Reds minor league roving pitching instructor for the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 6, 1987

I guess I just can’t give up the ‘dig’ for random Cedar Rapids alumni history. There won’t be game info during the offseason, but I will attempt to continue my quest with transaction reports, award announcements and any type of tie in I can find.

On November 6, 1987, the Cincinnati Reds traded right-handed pitcher Ted Power and shortstop Kurt Stillwell (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1984) to the Royals for shortstop Angel Salazar and left-hander Danny Jackson. Jackson finished as the runner-up for the N.L. Cy Young award in 1988.

Kurt Stillwell hit .249 with 34 HR and 310 RBI in his 9 season in Major League Baseball. Stillwell played for the Reds, Royals, Padres, Angels and Rangers. He was named to the 1988 All-Star team in his 1st season in the American League with the Royals.

Kurt Stillwell was part of the 1984 Cedar Rapids Reds team that finished 4th with a mark of 75-63 under manager Jim Lett. Stillwell hit .251 with 4 HR, 33 RBI and stole 24 bases in 112 games.

Cardinals star Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals (1970-71) dies at 61

Bob Forsch (Cedar Rapids Cardinals -1970-71) passed away Thursday at his home in Tampa less than a week after throwing out the first pitch at game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Forsch had played on three previous Cardinals World Series teams. He won 20 games in 1977, pitched a  pair of no-hitters and was the third-winningest pitcher in Cardinals history. Forsch’s no-hitters were the only ones ever thrown at Busch Memorial Stadium. He and his Brother Ken are the only brothers in MLB history to throw official no-hitters. There are only three other Cedar Rapids Alumni with major league no-hitters (Allie Reynolds-2, Jerry Reuss and Ervin Santana).

Bob Forsch posted a 168-136 record and a 3.76 E.R.A. during his 16 year career playing for the Cardinals and Astros. Forsch was a member of three World Series teams including the 1982 Cardinals championship squad. He won the Silver Slugger award in 1980 and 1987. Forsch has served as the pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs in the Reds minor league system from 2009-11.

Bob Forsch played for the 1970 and 1971 Cedar Rapids Cardinals squads. The 1970 team finished with a mark of 57-64 under manager Roy Majtyka. Forsch appeared in just a single game for the 1970 Cardinals. He returned in 1971 as the Cardinals went 67-53 under manager Bobby Dews. Forsch posted a 11-7 mark with a 3.13 E.R.A. in 23 starts. He struck out 134 batters in 158 innings of work.


This date in Kernels alumni history – November 4, 2001 – The Final Post

This is the final installment of This Date in Kernels Alumni History. This is the latest game I can find with a Cedar Rapids alumni making an appearance. I believe it is the latest into the year a World Series has ran as well, but I won’t guarantee that without further research. Thanks for following along since April. On November 4, 2001, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1982) went 2-3 at the plate with a double as the New York Yankees fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in game seven of the 2001 World Series at Bank One Ballpark.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 3, 2001 – Reggie Sanders

On November 3, 2001, Reggie Sanders (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1990) went 4-5 at the plate with a double, a RBI and scored two runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees 15-2 in game six of the 2001 World Series at Bank One Ballpark.

Reggie Sanders hit .267 with 305 HR, 983 RBI and stole 304 bases during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Sanders played in three World Series (2001, 2002, and 2004). He was part of the Diamondbacks championship squad in 2001.

Reggie Sanders hit .285 with 17 HR and 63 RBI for the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds. The 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds squad finished with a 88-46 record under manager Dave Miley. Quad Cities defeated them in the opening round of the MWL Playoffs.

Baltimore Orioles claim Darren O’Day (2006) off waivers

The Orioles claimed righty reliever Darren O’Day (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2006) off waivers from the Rangers, the team announced. O’Day, 29, battled through injuries and posted a 0-1 record with a 5.40 E.R.A. in 2011.

O’Day joined the Rangers via an April 2009 waiver claim from the Mets. From that point through the end of the 2010 season, he provided the Rangers a 1.99 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.61 HR/9 in 117 2/3 innings. He made an appearance in four of the 2010 World Series games.

Darren O’Day was a member of the 2006 Cedar Rapids Kernels squad that finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes. O’Day went 3-1 with a 2.70 E.R.A. in 23 1/2 innings of work over 17 appearances.

Erick Aybar (2003) earns first Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Erick Aybar (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2003) won the American League Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop last night. He is the sixth former Cedar Rapids professional baseball alum to win a Gold Glove joining Bengie Molina x2 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 1994-95), Eric Davis x3 (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1982), Ken Reitz (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1969), Bobby Knoop x3 (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958) and John Roseboro x2 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1955). In 2011, Aybar tied for third among AL shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage. He topped the AL with the most double plays turned by an AL shortstop this season (102) and set career-highs in total chances (659) and assists (459).

Erick Aybar hit .308 with six HR, 10 triples, 57 RBI and stole 32 bases in 125 games for the 2003 Cedar Rapids Kernels. The team finished in 10th place at 66-72 under manager Todd Claus.

Cedar Rapids Alumni who have won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

2011 Erick Aybar  American League SS  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 2003)

2003 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

2002 Bengie Molina  American League C  (Cedar Rapids Kernels 1994-95)

1989 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1988 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1987 Eric Davis  National League OF  (Cedar Rapids Reds 1982)

1975 Ken Reitz  National League 3B  (Cedar Rapids Cardinals 1969)

1968 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1967 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 Bobby Knoop  American League 2B  (Cedar Rapids Braves 1958)

1966 John Roseboro National League  C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

1961 John Roseboro National League C  (Cedar Rapids Raiders 1955)

This date in Kernels alumni history – November 1, 2001 – Paul O’Neill

On November 1, 2001, Paul O’Neill (Cedar Rapids Reds– 1982) went 0-3 at the plate with two walks as the New York Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in game five of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Paul O’Neill hit .288 with 281 HR and 1269 RBI during his 17 year MLB career playing for the Reds and Yankees. He won the American League batting title in 1994 with a .359 batting average. O’Neill was selected to five All-Star teams and was a member of six World Series teams earning five championship rings.

Paul O’Neill hit .272 with 8 HR and 71 RBI in 116 games as the 1982 Cedar Rapids Reds finished 61-79 under manager Randy Davidson.